Monday, October 13, 2008

When Judging Others Is Appropriate

As with the morning's message, there is no list to determine when and when not to judge. Therefore, we must gather principles form Biblical texts and examples.

When Is it Proper and appropriate to Judge Others?

#1. When an action is unquestionably wrong.
1 Cor. 5:1-5 Note: the Standard. Therefore, the homosexual lifestyle.

#2. When a situation or behavior is threatening or damaging to others. Rev. 2:14-16 & 20 - not done out of meanness but for the good of the body.
Example: an amputation for protection

#3. When spiritual leadership is involved. Tit. 1:5-9
Requirements to get in.
Requirements to stay in. Church discipline starts here!!

#4. In matters of stewardship.
2 Thess. 3:6-15
Acts 6:1-4
We need to determine who is needy, and who is worthy. Many times there are legitimate needs but judgment needs to be made as to whether it's a worthy need.
Example: a family has a need for electric bill money, rent, etc. Legitimate need but perhaps the need is there, because when the government assistance money was received, it was blown at the casino, so now no money left for the bills. You have to make a judgment call.

#5. When a person, action, situation is dishonoring, discrediting, grossly misrepresenting God, Christ, the Church, the Cause.
2 Sam. 12:13-14

Again, you don't have a list to go by. We must gather principles from Biblical texts and examples by which to measure, determine, decide when to judge.

#6. When it's yourself!! Matt. 7:3-5 1 Cor. 11:31

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